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Wednesday, 2019 Oct 23rd

Saline Main Street’s Halloween Premiere Event | Wednesday October 23, 2019  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Trick-or-treaters are invited to downtown Saline Wednesday night.

Saline Main Street hosts the third annual Trunk-or-Treat event in the Key Bank Parking Lot from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dozens of businesses and organizations, including police and fire, will be on hand to hand out goodies to kids. There will also be an assortment of Halloween activities.

Last year's event drew an estimated 1,500 people to downtown Saline.

For families not attending Trunk or Treat, official trick or treat hours in Saline from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31.

Downtown Saline

It was billed as a showdown for the SEC Red. But with the Hornets sitting two starters down with injuries, a talented Skyline team didn't have much trouble putting Saline away in three sets to win the conference volleyball championship.

The Hornets played without defensive specialist junior Hannah Blaney and outside hitter senior Cassidy Bero. 

Skyline won 25-19, 25-12 and 25-19.


Dressed in colorful costumes for the upcoming Halloween festivities, several Saline Area Schools bands performed at Saline High School Tuesday evening.

The symphonic bands played between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The Winds Ensemble and ninth grade ensemble performed after that.

The next scheduled concert is the holiday concert, planned for Nov. 25.


Tuesday, 2019 Oct 22nd

A developer wants to build a grocery store, restaurants, retail and an assisted living facility on a 6.5 acre parcel on East Michigan Avenue.

Several members of council expressed uneasiness with GBA Development LLC’s plans for an 80-room assisted living facility, but the proposal didn’t stop council from extending the city’s purchase agreement with the developer.


Applications to join the Saline Youth Council have plummeted this year, prompting the city to delay activities until at least January.

The Saline Youth Council is a city commission composed of 13 high school students. The group’s mission is to make Saline a better place for teens and to serve as a conduit between city government and youth.



Saline City Council approved several personnel changes to various city committees.

Karl Hatopp was re-appointed to a two-year term on the library board.

Council approved the resignation of Heidi McClelland from the arts and culture committee. Council approved the appointments of Tanya Spolans and Bridget Healy to the arts and culture committee.

Kory Zhao was appointed to replace Kathy Keeping, who resigned from the environmental commission.


Mayor Brian Marl has proclaimed Oct. 20-26 as Friends of the Library week in Saline. City Council approved his proclamation, which urged everyone to join the group and thank them for all they do to better the library and the Saline Community.

Marl’s proclamation aligns with National Friends of Libraries Week.

Saline District Library Director Mary Ellen Mulcrone appeared before city council to thank the city for recognizing the Friends of the Library.


A&H Lawn Service, Great Lakes Educational Group, Guaranteed Rate of Saline and Schmerberg Law were chosen as Enterprise Award honorees this year.


A county road commission request for extra city funding for a traffic circle at Woodland Drive and Textile was not considered at Monday’s Saline City Council meeting.

The city’s share of the federally-funded traffic circle, to be completed in 2020, was supposed to be $58,500. But now the Washtenaw County Road Commission is seeking $101,054.30.


Monday, 2019 Oct 21st

A Saline police officer called to Milan to assist in a search apprehended two men believed to be casing out a Milan jewelry shop and who, allegedly, previously assaulted someone and stole their Jeep Compass.

On Oct. 9, Saline police were dispatched to Milan to assist in tracking down two men who were spotted on the roof of a Main Street jewelry store. 

Police & Fire

As has become my custom, I wanted to share some thoughts regarding the upcoming November election -

You may already be aware that I’ve been fascinated with political campaigns and elections since a very young age - the issues, candidates, strategies, and messaging interest me greatly. 

Perhaps the best campaign slogan I’ve heard was the one used by the late New York Governor Hugh Carey, (who, evidently, made an outstanding chief executive for the Empire State): “Before they tell you what they want to do, make them show you what they’ve done.” 


Sunday, 2019 Oct 20th

Organizers of the Saline Celtic Festival say the annual event was a success. Jeff Ulrich spoke about the 2019 edition of the city-owned festival to Saline City Council at the Oct. 7 meeting.

Ulrich said the event was attended by 4,300 people. There were 32 merchants.

The event is fueled by volunteers. Ulrich said there were 1,200 volunteer hours.

The Saline Celtic Festival continues to expose out-of-towners who visit Saline, Ulrich said.


DEXTER - After 100 minutes of brilliant play in the district championship game, the Saline soccer team lost a heartbreaking game to Pioneer in a shootout.

The teams, who split their two matches in the regular season, were tied at 2 after 80 minutes of play. Two 10-minute periods couldn’t break the deadlock. The Pioneers outscored Saline 4-2 in the shootout to take the district trophy.


Saturday, 2019 Oct 19th

Saline Area Players has been busy this fall! After wrapping up "The Truthful Tall Tale,"  rehearsals have been underway for "A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol." 

Arts & Entertainment

Saline defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer, 56-13, to streak to its seventh straight win and complete a perfect 5-0 season in the SEC Red.


Did you ever have the opportunity to watch a high school water polo game? It is a fast-paced team sport, featuring individual swimmers expending a lot of energy trying to get a ball in the opponent’s goal. It is a sport with a language all its own. And as one player’s mother informed me, there are no horses in water polo.


Barbara Ann Seyfried, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 12, 2019 with her family by her side.

Barbara was born on March 18, 1945 to the late Marion (Lindbert) and Frederick J. Seyfried in Ann Arbor. She attended Roosevelt High School in Ypsilanti, graduating in 1963. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1967 with a degree in Psychology and Journalism. She attended Kent State University completing a Masters and PhD.


It is with a heavy heart that the family of Gary Michael Paschka, announces his passing into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, October 3, 2019 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Gary was 75. Born in Hamtramck on February 8, 1944, he moved with his family to Manistee when he was three years old. As a graduate of Manistee High School, he served in the US Navy as a guided missile technician, and then enjoyed a career as an HVAC technician with Boone & Darr Mechanical Contractors of Ann Arbor, until his retirement in 2007.


The top-rated Saline High School marching band returned to action at Hornet Stadium after three Fridays off while the football team played on the road.

Since the Hornets' last performance under the Friday Night Lights, they performed in the MSBOA festival and earned top marks.

Below is a video of their performance. Below that is a series of photos from the band's halftime performance Friday. Superintendent Scot Graden was among those impressed by the band's performance.

"It's the best marching band in the state," Graden said.